Best Pet Shops

Pet stores sell all the essentials, novelties, and extras to keep your pet happy and healthy. In addition to pet items, some pet stores will have animals available for adoption, but overall, they’re not supposed to breed animals for the purpose of selling them. Continue reading...

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The Vet Shed

The Vet Shed

4.9  (1,456) Summary
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Margaret M.
Margaret M.
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Happy custmomerProducts arrive as ordered and on time. We have been purchasing in online store for several years now. No issues Show details
The Brooklyn

The Brooklyn

4.8  (553) Summary
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Belle M.
Belle M.VIC
 
OutstandingBoth my Toy Poodle and my German Shepherd love their Brooklyn beds and we have all had the best sleeps since purchasing these beds! Show details
Petstock

Petstock

4.7  (3,623) Summary
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Simone M.
Simone M.
  Physical store
Cat food & great serviceGreat customer service, nice clean store with variety of quality brands that caters for cats. As many stores all about dogs. Show details
Pupnaps

Pupnaps

4.7  (674) Summary
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Lisa
LisaVIC3 posts
 
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Aquatic Supplies Australia

Aquatic Supplies Australia

4.9  (213) Summary
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DonnaandPippa
DonnaandPippaNSW2 posts
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Pet Chemist

Pet Chemist 🏆 2024

4.7  (2,858) Summary
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Karen G
Karen G2 posts
 
Cheaper Prescription MedsAbsolutely seamless ordering and delivery. Packaging exceptional. Would highly recommend. Show details
My Pet Warehouse

My Pet Warehouse

4.7  (1,263) Summary
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Qbecripple
QbecrippleBellata29 posts
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Proper paypal educated scammersScammers, just keeping peoples Money and sending nothing . Told me that they won't refund me until I drop my paypal claim. Proper criminals. Why haven't these rip-off businesses been shut down, miserable dishonest people. Get dog food anywhere but not at this place. Show details
Vetsupply.com.au

Vetsupply.com.au

4.6  (1,468) Summary
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manz3
manz36 posts
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Nexgard purchaseOrdered some NexGard, it was so much cheaper than anywhere else I could get it from, I've never bought from Vet supply, but postage was so fast to Western Australia and so thrilled to find this so much cheaper as we have 3 rescue dogs and any saving is so beneficial
Thankyou vet supply I'll be a return customer Show details
Sash Beds

Sash Beds

4.9  (129) Summary
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Lidia
LidiaVIC
  Verified
Budget Pet Products

Budget Pet Products 🏆 2024

4.6  (3,952) Summary
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Kitkat
KitkatAdelaide SA5 posts
  Verified Online store
Best valueLoved what I bought, saw the same product in a pet store and this was half the price!! Show details
Vets Love Pets

Vets Love Pets

4.7  (166) Summary
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Sean D
Sean DVIC
  Verified
A great find - I can highly recommend!A great business, great prices - easy to use for purchasing, quick deliveries. Show details ·  1
Pawezy

Pawezy

4.5  (498) Summary
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J Day
J Day
 
Dog Friendly Co.

Dog Friendly Co.

4.5  (449) Summary
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Tracey I.
Tracey I.
 
Great quality & valueI purchased a medium and large harness for my two senior dogs. They have now both passed. We have a new pup so will purchase a small. These are amazing quality and value as able to switch the names over and use again as my new pup grows. Online chat customer service very good also. Show details
Olly's Box

Olly's Box

4.7  (146) Summary
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Jordyn.P
Jordyn.P
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Amazing!My staffy loves her Olly's box! I wanted to give her something special seems as she makes me happy every day, this is the perfect gift! Everything is high quality and well worth the price, I might even say it's a steal! I have one extra happy pupper now!
Petbarn

Petbarn

4.4  (4,094) Summary
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Donna
DonnaTAS3 posts
  Online store
Fast delivery and helpful driverFast delivery by a helpful driver in an hour or less Show details
Pawssum

Pawssum

4.3  (441) Summary
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Mich l
Mich l2 posts
 
Exceptional and follow upFabulous vet experience with my new rescue AmStaff . Happy fur family Show details
Pet Circle

Pet Circle

4.2  (8,198) Summary
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ech
echACT6 posts
 
Store is good, delivery not so muchService is good, but courriers make you stand waiting out in the street to get your parcel so that they don't have to actually come to your door Show reply
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Jess G.
Jess G.NT
  Fair Incentive
GREAT SERVICEResponsible and ethical
Recommend 100%
Great service to find puppys who are well bred and cared for Show details
Petpost

Petpost

4.1  (207) Summary
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Mjones
MjonesVIC4 posts
 
Significant savings, fast deliverySaved over $60 on an order of dogfood I used to order from PetBarn. Delivery within a week (Metro Sydney) and the delivery company was very professional. I will order from these people again. Great service and money savings. Show details ·  1
La Luna Pet Care

La Luna Pet Care

3.9  (686) Summary
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Naomi Sampol
Naomi SampolNSW4 posts
 
PetO

PetO

4.2  (92) Summary
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Dmomas
DmomasNSW3 posts
 
Great sale price for 20kg adult dog foodBought 20kg Black Hawk adult dog food. Great sale price, a real saving unlike other sites. I used click & collect. Staff at the Ashfield store were professional & polite. Show details
JumboPets

JumboPets

4.2  (79) Summary
Donna M
Donna MNSW3 posts
 
Great product fast deliveryGreat product my dogs love meats for mutts salmon and sardine.
Fast delivery, thankyou Show details ·  1
Betta Pet Systems

Betta Pet Systems

4.9  (27) Summary
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Kathy A.
Kathy A.VIC
 
Not What I OrderedQuality overall is good. However I must say when I spend $2500 on an enclosure, I’d appreciate the accessories being the colour I asked for! Small issue to some but $2500 is a lot of money to me and I expect my order to be 100%. Show details
Riff Raff Pets

Riff Raff Pets

4.8  (28) Summary
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rackydee
rackydeeMelbourne2 posts
 
Not bad, design needs improvingGreat idea, dog likes, heat pack easy to use but velcro opening to charge sound box is too flimsy and never shut v. well: too easy for dog to get at it. Show details
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Sassy Treats

Sassy Treats

4.5  (35) Summary
Anonymous
Anonymous
  Physical store
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Vet Products Direct

Vet Products Direct

4.1  (47) Summary
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Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J.TAS2 posts
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Lyka Pet Food

Lyka Pet Food

4.3  (33) Summary
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Paul S.
Paul S.VIC
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Pet Care Pharmacy

Pet Care Pharmacy

5.0  (17) Summary
Anne and Adam
Anne and AdamGosford31 posts
 
super reliable - very fast shippingour dog has epilepsy so it's important that he get his meds on a regular schedule. We've found Pet Care Pharmacy to be super fast and reliable in getting our order sent out and their have competitive prices too. Show details
Pet Snacks

Pet Snacks

4.6  (22) Summary
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Cassandra
CassandraNSW
 
My Puppy Pomeranian loves her beef tendons!I have a small Pomeranian so finding a smaller size dental chew that isn’t processed garbage can be difficult, the beef tendons are perfect. She absolutely loves them! Show details
Katz-Loo

Katz-Loo

4.8  (17) Summary
Karen F.
Karen F.
  Online store

Salesman and woman holding dog in pet store

Specialised pet store vs general supermarket: where should I shop for my pet?

Pet stores carry a greater variety of items and brands, with some pet stores carrying as many as 100+ pet food brands. On the other hand, supermarkets do stock some items for pets, but they are limited - only enough to fill a few shelves in an aisle.

If you’re unsure of whether you can pick up an item for your pet during a quick mid-week grocery shop, or whether you’ll need to schedule a trip to a pet store, consult the table below to see what each usually offers.

Pet storeSupermarket
Extensive range of pet food brandsLimited pet food
Broad range of medication + pet supplementsBasic medication
Dedicated pet insuranceBroad insurance that also covers pets
Accessories and pet training suppliesSome pet accessories
Sometimes offers services such as pet washes or adoption daysDon't offer additional in-store services

What kind of items can you buy at a pet store?

Pet items and supplies sold by pet stores can be summed up into the following:

  • Food: dry, wet, vet prescription diets.
  • Medication: flea, tick and worm control, antiseptic, toothpaste + supplements such as rose hip powder, stress relief spray.
  • Grooming: shampoo, soap, scissors, shears, brushes, nail clippers.
  • Cleaning: carpet cleaning, laundry detergent, odour remover, multi-surface cleaner.
  • Training: vibrating collars, clickers and harnesses.
  • Pet accessories: standard collars, leashes, leads.
  • General supplies: feeding bowls, litter trays, toys, plastic bags to clean up any mess while going out for a walk.

You may need to seek out a specialty store for certain animals

Buying supplies is usually pretty straightforward if you're buying for a cat or a dog, as cat and dog food and supplies are found at most supermarkets and pet shops. However, if you have another animal at home, such as a bird, reptile, guinea pig, or any other less common pet, then finding supplies may be a bit more difficult. Some pet stores may stock items for your animal, but you may have to go a bit out of your way to find the right shop.

If you're looking for specific supplies, it's a good idea to call a store ahead about their product range before you visit them in store.

Pet store services

Other than selling pet supplies, some pet stores also offer services catering to the needs of pets.

  • Dog washing: Some pet stores, such as City Farmers, offer a mobile dog wash service that travels to your home. In addition to washing your pets until they’re cleaning and sparkling, mobile dog washes often provide extra services such as nail clipping, flea rinses, and an ear and paw pad treatment.
  • Puppy school: this involves taking your puppy to training sessions, in which your pet will become socialised and trained to learn skills, such as toilet training, walking on a lead, and following basic commands such as ‘sit’, ‘drop’, and ‘wait’.
  • Pet education: Many pet stores will also have articles and videos on their website for free, that pet owners can consult for handy tips and tricks on how to train and take care of their pets.

How much is a dog at a pet store?

The price of a dog from a pet store will depend on various factors, including age and breed of the dog. Certain dog breeds are considered to be more "valuable" than others and thus will be more expensive.

  • Pure breed: A pure breed dog, such as a French bulldog, will set you back by around $5000 to upwards of $10,000. Purebreed dogs are harder to find on traditional adoption sites, as they are highly sought after. You'll most commonly find a purebreed at specific breeders.
  • Mixed breed: Cross-breed dogs are common in animal shelters and will usually cost around $200 to $400. Animal adoption agencies are eager to find dogs a new home, so it's rare to find cross-breed dogs for more than $400.

Some pet stores have animals available for adoption or will facilitate pet adoption via third party organisations.

Many adopted dogs will also come already microchipped and vaccinated, as this is the standard procedure once stray dogs are brought into a shelter.

Depending on how old your dog is, you’ll need to spend money on getting your dog de-sexed, which can cost around $300 to $500.

What do pet owners spend the most money on?

Initial costs

According to moneysmart.gov.au, you can expect to pay between $3000 and $6000 within the first year of owning a pet.

Some of these costs will include getting your pet microchipped, vaccinated, and de-sexed. Other initial costs include purchasing pet essentials, such as a pet bed, feeding bowl, kennel, pet insurance, and more.

Ongoing costs

After these initial costs, the most significant amount of money pet owners spend will be on food. On average, a pet owner spends around $800 a year on premium pet food. A common challenge faced by pet owners is searching for a brand and type of pet food that's affordable, yet still addresses the nutritional needs of your dog or your cat.

Another aspect that some pet owners might have to spend a significant amount of money on is vet bills. Depending on why your pet is in hospital, you could be looking at spending a large amount of money. However, choosing the right pet insurance for you and your pet may take a weight off your shoulders, and could also save you money in the long-run.

Pet store etiquette

Buying pet supplies from an online store offers the convenience of not having to leave the house, but sometimes you’d rather go into a physical store in person so you can check for yourself whether an item is suitable or not.

So if you’re planning on visiting a pet store, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Unless the store clarifies otherwise, don’t bring your pet - especially if you’re purchasing pet supplies from a supermarket. If you want to bring your pal along for a little adventure to the store, the stores listed further below are pet-friendly and happy to welcome your pet in-store.

Of course, there are still some limitations. In general, ‘pet-friendly’ usually refers to being welcome to conventional pets like cats and dogs, as opposed to the wild possum you rescued on the side of the road.

Some stores also enforce rules, such as requiring that you keep your dog leashed at all times, or secured in a trolley. To be sure of what you can and can’t do; it’s best to consult with the online website or call up the store in advance.

Popular pet-friendly stores

  • Petbarn: is pet friendly, the store only requires that your dog is leashed while inside the store.
  • PETstock: feel free to bring along your dog or cat, as customers have been told they can bring their pets with them.
  • Bunnings: While it isn't a pet store, Bunnings stocks some pet items, and is known to allow ‘friendly’ pets to be brought into the store - but they must either be secured in a vehicle or trolley or carried around the store.
  • Best Friends Pet Store: Their website states that ‘pets are as welcome as their owners'.

Conclusion

Overall, pet stores offer all the items you need to keep your best friend happy and healthy. Whether you’re stopping by to pick up a bag of dog food, or bringing in your pet for a wash, many pet stores are convenient, one-stop shops for everything your pet might require.

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